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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2011-11


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Tuscaloosanews.com wins website award - News coverage of the April 27 tornado on tuscaloosanews.com won a national award announced today for Best News or Event Feature. 15237
November 30th, 2011
Honda worker cited under Alabama law - A Japanese man temporarily working at Honda's car factory in east Alabama became the second foreign auto worker charged under the state's law on illegal immigration, the company said Wednesday. 15236
November 30th, 2011
Warner collection moves to Tuscaloosa Museum of Art - Some resolution will come to the saga of the massive art collection assembled by Jack Warner when The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art holds its grand opening celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday. 15235
November 30th, 2011
Super 6 returns to Tuscaloosa - The University of Alabama is planning for around 35,000 high school football fans to filter through campus today and tomorrow for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 6 State Football Championships. 15234
November 30th, 2011
Super 6 teams set for showdown in Tuscaloosa - 15233
November 30th, 2011
Winter weather advisory in effect, but snow unlikely to stick - Tuscaloosa experienced frigid, near-freezing temperatures Monday night. While North Alabama was predicted to get anywhere between 2 to 4 inches of snow, forecasters were skeptical about the likelihood of much of it sticking in Central Alabama, especially in Tuscaloosa. 15232
November 30th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 11/30 - 15231
November 30th, 2011
Plan details states health insurance exchange - The Health Insurance Exchange Study Commission on Tuesday sent a 12-page report of recommendations for creating a state health insurance exchange to Gov. Robert Bentley. 15230
November 30th, 2011
Mayor wants damaged schools rebuilt in same locations - Mayor Walt Maddox on Tuesday asked the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education to consider rebuilding Alberta Elementary School and University Place elementary and middle schools in the same locations. 15229
November 30th, 2011
Debate focuses on rebuilding plan - Business owners and residents met Tuesday night in the Central High School cafeteria to discuss the Tuscaloosa Forward plan’s guidelines for rebuilding storm-damaged areas along McFarland Boulevard and 15th Street. 15228
November 30th, 2011
Holt High band room renovated with help from 'Rachael Ray Show' - Upon returning to school following the Thanksgiving holiday, students walked into a band room they didn't recognize. Gone were the old shag carpet acoustic padding on the wall and the old floor. In their place were new floors, new walls, new instruments and more. Carter Oosterhouse, host of HGTV home improvement shows “Carter Can” and “Red Hot & Green,” helped local construction workers and volunteers from Lowe’s with the renovation. 15227
November 30th, 2011
Linden plans to build its own football stadium - LINDEN | The city is moving ahead with plans to build Linden High School its own football field and will receive an estimate for the cost of construction as early as the end of this week. 15226
November 30th, 2011
Tough times hit food bank - TUSCALOOSA | The West Alabama Food Bank should blow past its goal of delivering 2.5 million pounds of food this year because of the April tornadoes, but as the holidays and winter come, the agency is still in need. 15225
November 30th, 2011
Alabama PACT settlement on hold - The Alabama Supreme Court has put a hold on the settlement in litigation over Alabama's financially troubled Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan. 15224
November 29th, 2011
Linden moving ahead with plan to build new football field - The city is moving ahead with plans to build Linden High School its own football field and will receive an estimate for the total cost of construction as early as the end of this week. 15223
November 29th, 2011
Former TPD officer shot by robbery suspect in Madison County - 15222
November 29th, 2011
Holt High band room renovated with help from Rachael Ray Show - Upon returning to school following the Thanksgiving holiday, students walked into a band room they didn't recognize. Gone were the old shag carpet acoustic padding on the wall and the old floor. In their place were new floors, new walls, new instruments and more. 15221
November 29th, 2011
Cain tells aides he is reassessing his presidential campaign - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says that he needs to assess whether accusations that he had a 13-year extramarital affair will create too much of a cloud in the minds of potential supporters. 15220
November 29th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 11/29 - 15219
November 29th, 2011
Share your favorite Christmas lights with us - 15218
November 29th, 2011
Water line work to close portion of Stallings Avenue - 15217
November 29th, 2011
TDOT to clean streets this week - 15216
November 29th, 2011
West Alabama AIDS Outreach service slated for Thursday - 15215
November 29th, 2011
Heating aid providers struggle to meet demand - MONTGOMERY | Alabamians are turning up thermostats to counteract the blast of wintry weather hitting the state this month. That means higher heating bills in a state where hundreds of thousands of families struggle to pay them, even with help from federal grants or private donations like Project Share, which is administered by chapters of the American Red Cross. Utility customers have donated about $32.47 million to Project Share in the past 30 years by voluntarily paying extra on their monthly electric and gas bills. It has helped about 345,000 households pay bills. 15214
November 29th, 2011
Alabama Choir Schools new artistic director plans a rebirth - TUSCALOOSA | Internationally recognized singer and musician Doff Procter has taken over as artistic director of the Alabama Choir School. “I’ve been working with the Alabama Choir School for about a dozen years now, so when they came to me and said, ‘Will you do this?’ I was truly ecstatic,” Procter said. “The timing was perfect in my life when the opportunity arose. It was great timing and a great fit.” The community organization was founded in 1985 as the Tuscaloosa Boychoir and now comprises six choirs for young singers in grades 1-12. 15213
November 29th, 2011
AD says UWA needs new multi-purpose arena - LIVINGSTON | A new basketball arena, more scholarships and several part-time staff hires are the biggest needs of the University of West Alabama athletics department, according to a strategic plan by UWA athletics director Stan Williamson. Williamson presented the 10-page plan to UWA trustees Monday morning during the board’s athletics committee meeting. Williamson was hired in July after a two-month search in the wake of former athletics director E.J. Brophy’s resignation in May to accept the same position at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 15212
November 29th, 2011
Snow unlikely to stick - 15211
November 29th, 2011
Community discusses Albertas rebuilding - 15210
November 29th, 2011
Girl Talk to play surprise show in Tuscaloosa - 15209
November 28th, 2011
Hamstring injury poses new challenge for Falcons' Julio Jones - Julio Jones has played through pain. He's played through injury. Playing with a pulled hamstring, the former University of Alabama wideout is learning, is something else. 15208
November 28th, 2011
Guide to the latest gadgets, just in time for the holidays - Whether it's the latest smartphone, a new tablet or that camera with the long zoom lens you've been eyeing, if we were to unwrap nothing but gadgets in the glow of the tree on Christmas morning, there would likely be few frowns. 15207
November 28th, 2011
Around Town 11/28 - 15206
November 28th, 2011
Man allegedly shoots at driver of tractor - 15205
November 28th, 2011
No City Council meeting - 15204
November 28th, 2011
Looking Back 11/28 - 15203
November 28th, 2011
Zoning codes likely to come up at meetings - While this week’s community meetings are intended to foster conversations on aspects of the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan, discussions likely will include the proposed changes to the city’s building and zoning codes for the tornado recovery zone. 15202
November 28th, 2011
Snow may fall in West Alabama, but it wont stick - Although lower temperatures and continuing precipitation could mean a bit of snow in West Alabama 15201
November 28th, 2011
GOP ready for battle with Alabama Education Association - MONTGOMERY | Alabama’s new Republican-controlled Legislature ran over the Alabama Education Association in the 2011 session and is looking for more victories next year when the longtime leaders of the educators’ group head into retirement. 15200
November 28th, 2011
NICU reunion draws former patients, families - Families and former patients of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at DCH Regional Medical Center gathered in the hospital’s Willard Auditorium on Sunday to honor the reunion of the many newborn infants whose lives were saved in the NICU. 15199
November 28th, 2011
Big expansion, big questions for Teach for America - By 2015, with the help of a $50 million federal grant, Teach for America recruits could make up one-quarter of all new teachers in 60 of the nation’s highest need school districts. In 2010, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approved a contract to bring 24 Teach for America teachers into Tuscaloosa. Eight teachers began working in schools in the Central zone — the poorest and lowest-performing zone in the school system — in the 2011-12 school year. Eight more are to arrive in 2012-13 and another eight in 2013-14. 15198
November 28th, 2011
Allen and Jemison Building undergoing transformation into arts center - TUSCALOOSA | Outside on Seventh Street, there's a staging area for workers from B.G. Watkins Construction Co., a roped-off spot for tools and materials. Inside, there are more visible signs of the revamping of the venerable Allen and Jemison Building into the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. 15197
November 28th, 2011
Ruling could affect whether some hospitals can be sued - The Alabama Supreme Court in January threw out a multimillion-dollar jury verdict awarded to the family of a woman who died in a Montgomery hospital, but the consequences of the decision could extend far beyond that case. In reaching the decision, the court determined that the hospital, because it is operated by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, is a state agency and thus immune from lawsuits. 15196
November 27th, 2011
Crafters open house brings Christmas feeling to Tannehill - Though Thanksgiving leftovers are still in refrigerators across West Alabama, the Christmas season has already touched down in the woods of Tannehill State Park. 15195
November 27th, 2011
UA professor, student make documentary of Robert Reeds life after tornado story - TUSCALOOSA | A University of Alabama professor and a student who became intrigued by Robert Reed are making a short documentary, not just of Reed’s heroism on April 27, but his life story. 15194
November 27th, 2011
Holt man who rescued neighbors after tornado says hes blessed - Before the tornado ripped through Holt on April 27, Reed was an ex-convict living with his fiancee and children in a single-wide trailer scraping together a living from irregular yard work and odd jobs. Seven months later, he’s considered a hero, and as word spread of his efforts pulling 12 people from the rubble of the mobile home park where they lived, blessings have continued to pour into Reed’s life. 15193
November 27th, 2011
Rolling toward a rematch? - The second-ranked Crimson Tide throttled cross-state nemesis Auburn, 42-14, avoiding the upset bug that had felled so many other contenders in recent weeks and giving itself a good shot at playing in the Jan. 9 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game in New Orleans. 15192
November 27th, 2011
Tide gets redemption in Iron Bowl - "Never again" might be an overly optimistic assertion about anything to do with the Alabama-Auburn series. "Not this year," though, wasn't much of a problem for the Crimson Tide. 15191
November 26th, 2011
Man inside car shot after altercation - 15190
November 26th, 2011
St. John Baptist Church marks centennial year - On Sunday, St. John Baptist Church on 10th Avenue will celebrate its centennial anniversary. 15189
November 26th, 2011
Teacher awarded money to develop community sites - Buildings age, people move, communities relocate and storms pass, but art endures. Kimberly Conway, a Northport resident and art teacher at Matthews Elementary, has been awarded a $100,000 service grant to develop community gathering places where the April 27 tornadoes left only debris. 15188
November 26th, 2011
Congregation works to repair hole in roof from April 15 storm - Tuscaloosa’s first permanent Jewish synagogue still stands, and believers — now of a different religion — still gather there to worship. “Only my faith in God has kept me going,” Stanley Ross, pastor of The Guiding Life Worship Center, said of the problems he and his non-denominational congregation have faced since signing the lease on 2624 University Blvd. in March. 15187
November 26th, 2011
Black Friday shoppers scuffle across the nation - A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox 360 and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday. 15186
November 26th, 2011
Bitter taste after last year's loss to Auburn hasn't gone away - The signs began to appear along the walls inside the football building right after last year’s loss to Auburn, plastered in plain sight so that every single player sees them every single day. They are there to make sure they still feel the pain of that 28-27 defeat. 15185
November 26th, 2011
Bargain hunters use strategy on Black Friday - TUSCALOOSA | To take advantage of Black Friday, a shopper needs to camp outside in the cold and wait until the stores open at midnight or 4 a.m. Then, the shopper must rush the doors and make a mad dash for the desired discounted items, snatching them up before someone else does. That’s how it’s done. 15184
November 26th, 2011
Plans for homeless complex altered - TUSCALOOSA | Plans for a 70-unit, multi-story apartment complex for the homeless that was planned for vacant property at the VA Medical Center have changed, 18 months after the project was first announced. 15183
November 25th, 2011
Online sales hurt state's tax revenue - 15182
November 25th, 2011
Area Christmas tree farms pride themselves in variety and service - Choosing a tree for Christmas is a tradition for many people and often is a family outing filled with excitement and high hopes. But finding the perfect tree, the right height and shape, one whose branches will securely hold bright lights and favorite ornaments, can be a challenge. Several Christmas tree farms that will open today for the holiday season will give seekers plenty to choose from. 15181
November 25th, 2011
Alberta church, Chucks feed community - Alberta Baptist Church still doesn’t have a roof over its head, but it has a big tent where hundreds were welcomed on Thanksgiving Day. “We’re trying to encourage the people of this community,” said the Rev. Larry Corder, the church’s pastor. 15180
November 25th, 2011
Shoppers begin early Thursday - 15179
November 25th, 2011
PHOTOS: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - 15178
November 24th, 2011
Great man's legacy lives on in family - 15177
November 24th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 11/24 - 15176
November 24th, 2011
$1.4M in grants headed to Hale County - MONTGOMERY | Hale County and three of its towns are getting $1.4 million in grants to upgrade water and sewer service. 15175
November 24th, 2011
Holiday travelers have good weather - West Alabamians hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday had something extra to be thankful for — good weather. Travelers in other parts of the country were not so lucky. Soggy conditions greeted many as they started their holiday travel on Wednesday. 15174
November 24th, 2011
Fayettes annual holiday celebration begins tonight - There are lights and more lights, thousands upon thousands of them in red, blue, and green that will light up the night in Fayette’s Guthrie Smith Park. Strings of lights are threaded through the fences and around tree limbs. They glow on the Nativity scenes, a peppermint factory and a shop for Santa. 15173
November 24th, 2011
Sponsor says law helps job outlook - The co-sponsor of Alabama’s immigration law claims it is helping Alabamians find jobs, but statistics tell a different story. 15172
November 24th, 2011
After turkey time, stores prep for Black Friday - Black Friday — the big shopping day after Thanksgiving — will have a new meaning this year. It’s the day when the best bargains and biggest door-buster sales might be found during the blackest predawn hours. 15171
November 24th, 2011
Crimson Tide dominates Alabama A&M - 15170
November 24th, 2011
UA student to join U.N. event - A University of Alabama student has been selected to join climate change experts and United Nations representatives as they meet in South Africa to develop an international climate change agreement. 15169
November 23rd, 2011
Fayette's annual holiday celebration begins Thursday - There are lights and more lights, thousands upon thousands of them in red, blue, and green that will light up the night in Fayette's Guthrie Smith Park. Strings of lights are threaded through the fences and around tree limbs. They glow on the Nativity scenes, a peppermint factory and a shop for Santa. 15168
November 23rd, 2011
#IronBowlGameDaySigns trending on Twitter - The hashtag #IronBowlGameDaySigns has been trending on Twitter today. Take a look at few of the highlights of the Twitter based Iron Bowl smack talk. 15167
November 23rd, 2011
Northport to give its employees 4% raise, restore agency funding - Northport city employees will get a 4 percent raise in 2012, and four local agencies will get a total of $125,000 in funding, according to the 2012 budget approved by the City Council Monday night. 15166
November 23rd, 2011
City seeks land from Country Club of Tuscaloosa - The board of the Country Club of Tuscaloosa will meet tonight to consider an offer from the city to buy 2,232 linear feet of land throughout the club's golf course to gain access to the sewer lines below. 15165
November 23rd, 2011
A look back at the Iron Bowl from 2001-2010 - 15164
November 23rd, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 11/23 - 15163
November 23rd, 2011
Chucks Fish, Project Blessings to host Thanksgiving feast - 15162
November 23rd, 2011
Tuscaloosa News offices open today and Friday - 15161
November 23rd, 2011
Aliceville man, 18, charged with kidnapping, robbery - An Aliceville man is accused of forcing another man into the trunk of a car for several hours Saturday morning while he committed a robbery. 15160
November 23rd, 2011
Brothers shift gears to earn Farmers of the Year - Brothers Tim Ingram, left, and Randy Ingram got out of dairy farming in 2007 and have switched to farming beef cattle. The Ingrams made the change so successfully that they were selected the Farmers of the Year at the Tuscaloosa County and Tuscaloosa Kiwanis Club Farm-City Week banquet Monday at the Country Club of Tuscaloosa. 15159
November 23rd, 2011
Tide tops Tigers in food drive by more 100,000 pounds - UA handed Auburn the most lopsided loss in the 18-year history of the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive. Alabama fans and students collected 237,079 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank, while Auburn collected 134,102 pounds of food for the East Alabama Food Bank. 15158
November 23rd, 2011
Roy Moore to run again for Alabama chief justice - Roy Moore, who was removed as Alabama chief justice eight years ago for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building, announced Tuesday that he would try to reclaim his old job. But he said that, if elected, he would not put the monument back in the building. 15157
November 23rd, 2011
City will rework demolition contract - To ensure maximum reimbursement through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the City Council on Tuesday voted to begin again the process of hiring a contractor to tear down storm-damaged homes. 15156
November 23rd, 2011
DCH Breast Center will undergo $3.5M expansion - The Breast Center at the DCH Regional Medical Center will soon undergo a $3.5 million expansion, including new equipment. 15155
November 23rd, 2011
Mercedes ID case charges dropped - The charges against a Mercedes executive who was arrested for driving without proper identification were dropped last week. 15154
November 23rd, 2011
Chuck's Fish to host free Thanksgiving meal - 15153
November 22nd, 2011
DCH breast center to undergo $3.5 million expansion - The Breast Center at the DCH Regional Medical Center will soon undergo a $3.5 million expansion, including new equipment. “Our current breast center is very small and there is inadequate space,” said Donna Marrero, vice president for outpatient services. 15152
November 22nd, 2011
#IronBowlGameDay signs trending on Twitter - The hashtag #IronBowlGameDaySigns has been trending on Twitter today. Take a look at few of the highlights of the Twitter based Iron Bowl smack talk. 15151
November 22nd, 2011
Roy Moore seeks to regain Alabama chief justice job - The former Alabama judge known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse is seeking to regain his old job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. 15150
November 22nd, 2011
County schools to release students at 12:30 - 15149
November 22nd, 2011
Charges against Mercedes executive dropped - The charges against a Mercedes executive who was arrested for driving without proper identification were dropped last week. 15148
November 22nd, 2011
Alabama wins annual food drive by more 100,000 pounds - UA handed Auburn the most lopsided loss in the 18-year history of the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive. Alabama fans and students collected 237,079 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank, while Auburn collected 134,102 pounds of food for the East Alabama Food Bank. 15147
November 22nd, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 11/22 - 15146
November 22nd, 2011
Two arrested after tip about meth lab - Deputies arrested two people Sunday night after receiving a tip about a meth lab at a McCalla residence. 15145
November 22nd, 2011
Christmas decorations sought for tornado victims - Five organizations are brightening the holidays for people who lost their Christmas decorations in the April tornadoes. 15144
November 22nd, 2011
Man accused of stealing car investigated in area thefts - 15143
November 22nd, 2011
Alabama State Troopers plan holiday blitz - 15142
November 22nd, 2011
U.S. reps visit Alabama to discuss immigration law - 15141
November 22nd, 2011
Moore to say whether he'll run for old job - Former Chief Justice Roy Moore said Monday he would reveal whether he planned to run for his old job at a Tuesday news conference in Montgomery. 15140
November 22nd, 2011
Tuscaloosa, Northport trash pickup schedule to change for holiday week - Garbage and trash pickup schedules will change in Tuscaloosa and Northport this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. 15139
November 22nd, 2011
West Alabama may see storms today - West Alabama may experience severe weather as a cold front moves through the area beginning this evening. 15138
November 22nd, 2011
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